Climbing Parnassus has ratings and 62 reviews. TheRose said: This is a paradigm-shifting book. I was flabbergasted by how much I really didn’t unders. “Discussions of educational reform often involve windy talk of a “return to the classics,” yet rarely do would-be reformers go so far as to advocate a return to. Tracy Lee Simmons’s book, Climbing Parnassus, is a tour-de-force. Simmons addresses the current state of education, which is dismal, to a.

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Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin – Tracy Lee Simmons – Google Books

What is the purpose of education? Yet here we are.

It teaches a man to feel vaguely cultured while he remains in fact a dunce. Since my vocabulary is not as large as Mr. The history was interesting, but there was no need to repeat the same phrases and facts over and over. The argument he presents for classical education is by means of Greek and Latin language and culture, Roman history, and a return to the examined life as says Socrates.

Although I was fascinated with myth and legend when young, and took several classes concerning such fields during my education, I doubt not that these were but small sips at the fountain of Classics. For the inner is eternal. Now I do understand, and although Clmbing will still continue my Neo-Classicistic methods, it will be in the light of the aims of Classical methods.

Culture now is any chunk of social reality you like or dislike. P31 Liberty have a double edge, fit only to be handled by Justin virtuous man; too bad and dissolute, it becomes a mischief unwieldy in their own hands.


The first part deals with education during the Greek and Roman period; the second part greek with ‘Classical Education’ up until the end of the 19th century, and the third part deals with a post-mortem and defense of ‘Classical Education’ in the 20th and 21st centuries.

He seems ready to embrace everyone who studied the classics and to treat all historical manifestations of classical education as wonderful. Here was a word hot for serving up on a steaming platter to the over-degreed and half-educated. Do not take my word and agree; read the book yourself and see if you do not come away rethinking your own travels through your “school years” to find any meaning to it.

The next step is learning grammar, which is the mathematics of language. Jun 10, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s not so much that people of olden times were the finest exemplars of higher humanity, for they too fell short of their ideals, as must all who aspire to higher things–that’s what ideals are for.

Exactly how do we ‘recommit ourselves individually to a rich and humane heritage long neglected’ 12? And if you have children, you may just decide that maybe the current path our “public education” has them on, is not the right one at all.

Today, we’ve had to make room in our universities for remedial English.

Another quote from page Theirs were not child-centered societies. Livingston listed three functions, to whit: That young minds must be formed to recognize and appreciate magnificence is a point that is made soundly and eloquently throughout the book, and a point that the modern schools have nearly abandoned to their detriment.


For a book about entering through the gates of Latin and Greek towering like sentinel parapets before the colossal Parnassus, this was more apolobia a meandering stroll through a tranquil meadow liberally peppered with flowers.

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We have not indeed jettisoned the hope and drive that keep us working for a better world that’s the good newsbut we have forgotten to cultivate ourselves as individuals. Parnassus truly is an exercise that expands our minds such that we can learn to perceive both greatness and goodness.

Refresh and try again. But they are not taught it because I believe it will make them good. Latin and Greek gave the mind the ability to learn anything.

Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

When we learn Greek and Latin, a window is opened blowing fresh air into the stifling room of modernity, annd with the suffocating fumes of progress and industrialization. The field belonged to the professional players who would brook no more meddling from dilettantes’ There is a bibliography, but it contains no editions of classical authors, to whom S.

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